Police rescue 21 trafficking victims Print
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 16:05

Twenty one would-be victims of human trafficking were rescued by policemen in Tugbungan last Sunday night.

A report from the Police Regional Office disclosed that around 8:50 p.m., Chief Insp. Ramon Bautista, deputy station commander of Tetuan Police Station reported that three vehicles with passengers were spotted heading towards Tugbungan.

Acting on the report, Supt. Nonito Asdai and his men swooped down in Tugbungan to check the Toyota Hi-Ace Commuter van with temporary plate number 120108 owned by Ben Bantas of Awang Datuodin Sinsuat Maguindanao, Nissan van with plate number NV350 owned by Pacma Bara of Macasandag Parang, Maguindanao and Toyota Hi-Ace commuter van with plate number AKA 2766 owned by Samira Perez.

At the same time, policemen spotted the 21 recruits from Basilan and were scheduled to travel to Cotabato last Monday morning.

Police said that the 21 would-be victims were recruited by Eva Piping y Jaman, 34, married of Lamitan and Fatma Cundo y Asan, 32, widow of Isabela City, Basilan.

The two recruiters were placed under police custody while the 21 rescued victims were turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development. (Dan Toribio)